After all the years of losing, of having to endure the likes of Delmon Young, Laynce Nix, Reid Brignac, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Brian Bogusevic, and Chase d’Arnaud flailing away at pitches with reckless abandon, the Phillies have missed out on a player that we had prepared ourselves for getting. While we will probably never know the details that went into these prolonged negotiations, there is nothing more to say - they tried and failed. Manny Machado, the one who appeared to be perfectly suited to the lineup, is going to play somewhere else.
Manny Machado has agreed to join the San Diego Padres on a 10-year deal reportedly worth $300 million. This was first reported by Jeff Passan.
Machado was the reason for all the tanking. He was the reason Phillies management didn’t blow through their Comcast treasure chest with the reckless abandon of a teenager getting his or her first paycheck. He is the reason we have had to wait all this offseason as just about every team in the Phillies’ division improved while Matt Klentak waited.
And now - he’s gone.
There will be more to come in the next few days. Gnashing of teeth. Anger, not only at the team, but also at the Padres for taking him away from us. For now, let’s not lose hope.
Of course, nothing’s over til it’s over I guess.
Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler: “We do not have a deal. We are continuing discussions.”— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 19, 2019